The Survival initiative is Compassion’s earliest intervention within our holistic child development model, and it combats global infant mortality rates and promotes healthy early childhood development. The program helps children like Sabine during the first year of life when the risk is highest. At 1 year old, babies automatically move to Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program.
Seven years later
Sabine is now 7 and enjoys all the benefits of being enrolled in the Child Sponsorship Program. Project Director Christine says Nadia and her family have raised Sabine with so much love. Beyond that, Sabine is thriving in the program. “Sabine is a happy and intelligent girl. She is always among the first five best students in her class based on all the report cards from school,” she says.
Wearing colorful dresses and matching plastic sandals, Sabine and Gisele throw a handmade ball into the air and chase after it, giggling. Nadia watches with a smile on her face. She’s so proud of her daughters. It’s hard to believe Sabine is the same little girl who lay in the intensive care unit for days as a newborn.
“The bond I have with Sabine is the same as the one I have with my biological children. I breastfed Sabine and Gisele. Sabine and Gisele believe they are twins because I have photos of both of them breastfeeding at the same time,” she says.
Due to her young age and the difficult circumstances surrounding how she joined their family, Sabine has not yet been told her story. However, as she is growing older, her family knows the time has come. Nadia feels overwhelmed at the prospect of sharing Sabine’s history with her, but project staff at Sabine's Compassion Center are helping connect the family with a therapist so they can find the best way to share the news.